Parents Orientation

Important Dates 2016-17

Saturday, August 20: Residence Halls open for new student Move In Day at 9:00 a.m. 
Sunday, August 21:
New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation continue throughout the day.
Monday, August 22:
New students depart for WOA trips.
Thursday, August 25:
New students return from WOA trips to continue on-campus Orientation.
Tuesday, August 30:
Fall semester classes begin.
Saturday, December 17:
Residence Halls close at noon.


The 2016 Parents Orientation schedule is not yet finalized. To get an idea of the schedule, take a look at last year's schedule.

Information for Parents

Parent Orientation will operate concurrently with New Student Orientation on Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, 2016. You can find many answers just for parents in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Information for International Students

New International Student Orientation (August 18-19, 2016) takes place prior to the Claremont McKenna College orientation. CMC strongly encourages new international students to participate in the program. To learn more about New International Student Orientation and get information about transportation and early arrival housing, visit International Place.

WOA Trips

WOA stands for Welcome Orientation Adventure. WOA Trips are destination experiences designed to help students make connections and learn life skills before entering college at CMC. The many trip offerings allow students a variety of opportunities and activities, from surfing to camping to community service and urban engagement.
For more information about WOA, visit the WOA website.

Varsity Athletes

Fall sport athletes who are invited to participate in pre-season activities will arrive early. Check with individual coaches for exact dates before making plans. Although there frequently are opportunities for parents to meet each other during the drop-off time, the official orientation program is held on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.

Drop-off and Check-in Information

More detailed information regarding your student’s arrival on campus can be found on the Move In Day page.

Additional Information

No personal appointments should be made away from the campus during the Orientation period, which will extend through Monday, August 29. Classes begin Tuesday, August 30, 2016. If your arrival must be delayed, you should make arrangements in advance with the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114.

Quick Links